David Josar of The Detroit News investigated possibly abuses by the the city's Hardship Committee, which grants millions in property tax exemptions intended for the poor but keeps no notes at its meetings, does not verify applicants' claims and has never been audited. The News' three-month investigation found that some exemptions were granted to property owners who owned multiple homes and luxury cars. The coverage led the Detroit City Council to call a closed-door session with city attorneys to discuss the committee's actions. As a result, one committee member was removed for granting a tax break of over $6,000 to her lawyer.
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